Department Inst Research and Assessment-505000
Career Area Research Professionals
Posting Open Date 09/01/2021
Application Deadline 12/05/2021
Open Until Filled No
Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)
Working Title Senior Research Associate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Position Number 01004241
Vacancy ID NF0005180
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time Permanent
Hours per week 40
Proposed Start Date 11/01/2021
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) supports the
mission of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by conducting
applied research and evaluations and disseminating results to inform decision-
making, planning, and continuous improvement. Our work addresses a broad range
of institutional issues such as student success, academic program quality,
diversity and inclusion, public engagement, employee satisfaction and
productivity, resources, and administrative operations.
The Senior Research Associate serves on teams of research, evaluation, and
data analytics professionals who respond to questions posed by internal and
external constituents. This position is also assigned to carry out projects
independently, requiring resourcefulness in collecting data, advanced data
analysis skills, and the ability to effectively communicate results to diverse
While the Senior Research Associate will support a variety of institutional
needs for information, a special area of focus for this position involves
research and evaluation related to diversity and inclusion at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The position will collaborate with others to assess our effectiveness in
promoting a campus environment where faculty, staff, and students from all
backgrounds can thrive, consistent with the goals of the University's
strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good. Examples of
research and evaluation topics include campus climate, diversity trends,
educational benefits of diversity, and strategies to reduce achievement gaps
and to enhance a sense of belonging for students and employees from varied
backgrounds. The Senior Research Associate will also provide direct support
for the campus Chief Diversity Officer's ad hoc reporting and analytic needs.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
A master's degree in a social science or other discipline related to the work
to be performed.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Minimum five years of professional (post-master's) experience conducting and
managing research and evaluation projects.
Experience designing and applying quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods
Advanced statistical analysis skills, including predictive modeling, using
tools such as SAS, R, SPSS, or other analytic products.
Experience writing queries to extract and merge data from multiple sources.
Experience creating online surveys using tools such as Qualtrics or a similar
Demonstrated ability to display results using Powerpoint and at least one data
visualization/dashboard tool such as Tableau, Microsoft BI, R, SAS Visual
A strong personal and professional commitment to working collaboratively to
generate information that supports the University's strategic priorities and
values related to diversity and inclusion.
Ability to adapt to unexpected obstacles and changes in priorities.
Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
A doctoral degree in social science, educational research, statistics, or
other disciplines related to the work to be performed.
Experience working in a higher education environment.
Knowledge of research and best practices related to diversity and inclusion.
Proficiency in using at least one qualitative data analytics tool.
Candidates should be prepared to provide samples of research/evaluation
reports, presentations, and other work products.
This position does not offer the option to work remotely.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and
affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender,
gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin,
race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Curriculum Vitae / Resume
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().
Please select the response below that describes your level of education that best or mostly closely satisfies the education requirements for this position.
Bachelor's degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
Bachelor's degree in any field/discipline
Master's degree or Doctorate degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
Master's degree or Doctorate degree in any field/discipline
None of the above
Do you have professional experience in social science research beyond your graduate studies?
Do you have experience using quantitative and qualitative research methods?
Have your research and evaluation activities included a diversity, equity, and inclusion topics?